The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update on the investigation into a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections associated with the consumption of cucumbers imported from Mexico.
The outbreak has now caused illness in at least 341 people in 30 states since 3 July. Of those affected, 70 have required hospital treatment and two deaths have been reported in California and Texas. Eleven illness clusters linked to consumption of cucumbers have been identified in seven states.
Epidemiological, laboratory and traceback evidence has identified imported Mexican cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce as the likely source of infection. Of 134 people interviewed, 91 reported eating cucumber in the week before they became ill. Salmonella has been isolated from samples of cucumber distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce that were collected from various locations in Arizona, California, Montana and Nevada.
On 4 September Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand between 1 August and 3 September. The type of cucumber covered by the recall is referred to as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber and is described as seven to ten inches in length and dark green in colour.
On 11 September, the FDA announced that another distributor, Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, California, has also recalled cucumbers associated with the outbreak. The recall covers cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy® label since 1 August and distributed in eight states. The cucumbers were produced in Baja California.
More information about this outbreak investigation can be found on the CDC website here.